Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February Favorites 2018

Favorite Movie: Snatched with Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. This was a free rental, and I thought it was really good! I had seen previews of it, and I thought I wouldn't like it, but this month I was browsing the list of movies offered on my TV, and I thought I might try it. I was pleasantly surprised. It's about a self-centered girl who just got broken up by her boyfriend. She made a non-refundable trip to South America, but now has no one to go with since her boyfriend broke up with her and all her friends are busy. Her mom is her opposite, and in the end she invites her mom to go. She thinks it might be good for her. The mom is reluctant to go because this is quite out of her comfort zone. They go on their trip and end up getting kidnapped! Now it is an adventure to get back to the states in one piece. I like the characters in this movie. They are one way at the beginning of the movie, but because of their experiences they change and become better at the end. I also like the mother-daughter relationship. Also, it is just plain funny and entertaining on the whole. 

Favorite TV Show: The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I first watched the reunion before I watched any of the episodes. I've seen this show before. I watch a lot of these Housewives shows. I thought I better watch the whole season because the reunion episode was pretty interesting. My mom likes watching these shows too. It's a reality show about 5 different women and their relationship with each other. Teresa just got out of jail, and I was curious how she was doing. The thing about the housewives show is I have to like them at least to a level or else I won't watch. No one on the show is perfect. They all make mistakes. I find people interesting to watch. I think that's why I like watching the real housewives. My dad says it's just a bunch of screaming women, which is true at some points when things get kind of crazy. I'm also still watching the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Favorite Beauty Products

1. Up and Up Hydrating Body Wash. This is compared to Dial Coconut Water Body Wash. This was on my favorite one month. I couldn't find it after that, at least it wasn't in the store I was shopping at, so I bought a different one. I really liked the coconut one, and I was so happy to see this sold on sale at Target. It was only $2.99! It is just like the Dial wash with the fresh coconut smell.

2. Elf Hydrating Face Primer: I also got this at Target. I wanted to get a new primer because I had been using the Dr. Brandt Pore's No More and that is ok for keeping skin matte, but I felt like I needed a primer that was more moisturizing. This does the job. It is a good prep before applying makeup. I also wear a lotion before I put on makeup. This is infused with grape and Vitamins A, C & E.

3. Buxom Lip Gloss in Katie: I have been wearing this lip gloss this month. I don't wear it every day, but when I wore lip gloss it was this one. I think this is a pretty pink sparkly gloss. It has a minty, cooling effect on the lips. I think it is supposed to plump them a bit. I haven't noticed that, but I think it looks nice on my lips.

4. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Kohl Eye Liner in Black: When I wore black eye liner this month I used this one. It has a creamy formula. 

5. Too Faced Everything Nice Palette: This was limited edition at Christmas time I few years back. I've been using this palette this month and reaching for the blushes. One is a matte pink, the other is Papa Don't Peach and it's a sparkly peach. That blush is sold separately and is available. Both are pretty blushes.

6. Wet 'n Wild Vanity Palette: This is a discontinued Wet 'n Wild eye shadow palette. I've talked about this so much on my blog, but I felt like I needed to talk about it for this months favorites. Even though it is old and not sold anymore, it was still a really good palette, and I can't throw it away. It has your basic colors on the left column. Matte cream, matte light brown, and matte dark brown. I used these colors to copy some of the tutorials I followed this month.

7. Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette: I love these colors. Lots of great matte browns, and a gold, peanut butter, creams, and a black. I used this palette for doing some neutral, brown eyes this month. Simple, and basic for everyday. 

I hope you enjoyed checking out my favorites this month. If you have a blog and do a monthly favorites leave a comment below. I would love to check out other blogs like mine.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Sparkly Winter Blue and Purple Eye Look

I did this pretty makeup look today, and I wanted to share it with you. It was really fun to do. I copied a video by Makeup Geek. I used to make blog posts recording the videos I was copying and what makeup I used. Then I would review the finished result. This was from a video made in 2012. It seems like so long ago, but I think the look is still pretty. This was supposed to be a winter night look. I think this look could be worn in the day time. At least I would wear it in the day.

This is the video I watched to recreate the look.

She used all Makeup Geek products. I used what I had. Some of what I used are old products that can't be purchased anymore from the drugstore. I will say what I used because you might have the same products, and I will also describe them so you can find them if you have similar products in your makeup collection.

This is what I did:

1. I took a cobalt blue eye liner and put it on the outer part of my eye under the crease in a c shape, blending inwards. I used L'Oreal Colour Riche Eyeliner in Cobalt.

2. I used the other end of the liner that had a smudger and smudged out the edges.

3. Then I took a blue shadow and went over the liner. I used Wet 'n Wild I Heart Matte Palette.

4. I took a light lavender shade and put it in the crease above the blue. I used Urban Decay Ammo Palette in Grifter. It has glitter in it, but I think that's ok. Makeup Geek used a matte lavender.

5. Above the purple I used a matte cream to buff out the edges. I still have an old Wet 'n Wild Palette called Vanity. I used the cream shade there.

6. Next, in the outer corner of the eye I put a matte, dark purple color, and I blended it into the blue. This I took from another old Wet 'n Wild Palette called Lust. I took the third color.

7. After that I got my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cottage Cheese and put it on my lid leaving the dark blue and purple parts alone, so the rest of my eye that didn't have shadow on it. 

8. On top of the white I put glitter. I have an old Maybelline palette called Color Explosion in Amethyst Ablazed. It has glitter on the top that I like to use with my finger. I don't need to use glue. I put that on the center of my eye and a tiny bit in the blue. 

9. With the blue liner, I put it in my waterline and smudged it on the outer half of the lower lash line.

10. With the dark purple shadow I put that on the outer part of the lower lash line.

11. And with the lavender shadow I put that underneath the dark purple and all along the whole lower lash line.

12. Mascara

13. I wore a light pink blush. Tarte Paaarty Blush.

14. For lips, I wore Revlon Pink in the Afternoon lipstick with Buxom Lip Gloss in Katie over top.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January Favorites

1. Favorite Movie: The Greatest Showman. This is a musical about the life of P.T. Barnum. He is the man who invented a circus. The songs are really good. I really recommend this movie.

2. Favorite TV Show: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. This is a reality show on Bravo I like to watch. It is interesting to me to watch how the ladies get along with each other. I think I like to study people.

3. Favorite Book: The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler. I love Anne Tyler books. Her characters are so funny and relatable. In this book Macon Leary writes travel books for business people that would rather stay home than travel, but since they have to travel he shows them how to do it without feeling like you are actually traveling. His son has died and his wife has left him. Then he breaks his leg. His dog is acting up. He meets a dog trainer. I've read this book more than once.

1. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea. I spray this on my face first thing before I do my makeup. It hydrates my face, and it smells good. It is refreshing. I also like the rose water spray, but I wanted to try the green tea one. I heard there is a lavender spray out now too. I got this at Ulta.

2. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream: I put this on my face before doing my makeup. This makes sure my face is moisturized. I went to a dermatologist several years ago and this is the cream she recommended for me to use, and I've been using it ever since.

3. Dr. Brandt Pores No More Face Primer: I have been using this as a face primer. I think it does a good job of smoothing over pores, and is a good base for foundation. I got this deluxe sample from Ulta. It smells like medicine.

4. Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation: I am still using this foundation. I think it looks really nice on my face. I have normal to dry skin I would say. I think this foundation is full coverage, but it doesn't look like a mask. I don't know why I don't hear more people talk about this foundation. I think it's really good.

5. Wet 'n Wild Photo Focus Concealer: This is my favorite concealer. It is full coverage. I wear it under my eyes and pimples or red spots like around my nose. It is inexpensive and does the job.

6. Maybelline Fit Me! Powder: This is in translucent. I put this all over my face. It helps set my makeup. It doesn't make me look cakey. And takes care of any shine.

7. Benefit Hoola Bronzer: I use this to contour my face. It is a natural shade for my fair skin. It is also matte. I got this deluxe sample from a Benefit Advent Calendar several years ago. When this runs out I think I will buy the full size. The sample has lasted a long time.

8. The Balm Rockstar Palette: I have been using this palette for the highlight called Disco Disco Solid Gold. It is the same thing as the Mary Lou Manizer I have been using for years. It's a pretty gold highlight.

9. Milani Eye Shadow Primer: I have been using this for years also. It is cheap and does a good job of priming my eyelids. It helps the shadows last a long time on my eyes and not crease. I get this at Fred Meyers.

10. Lorac Pro Palette: I have reached for this palette the most out of all my eye shadow palettes. It's a great basic, neutral palette. The matte shades are on the top row. The shimmers are on the bottom.

11. NYX Matte Liquid Liner: This is a matte, black liquid liner I use whenever I give myself a wing or flick. This is inexpensive as well. It has a brush applicator.

12. L'oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise in Black: I get this in the waterproof kind. I have been using this mascara for months now. I keep repurchasing it. I think it does a good job of volumizing, lengthening, separating, and curling my lashes. It is supposed to be a dupe for Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. The packaging is similar. But I think it is better than that mascara.

13. Jordana Lip Liner in Tawny: This is a good, inexpensive nude lip liner. I've been using this for a long time too. I like Jordana lip liners.

I hope you had a good month, and have a wonderful new year!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Everyday Winter Makeup

Here is my look for today. I am using my Anastasia of Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette.

I found this tutorial to get this look.

This is my video of me putting on the makeup for the look. It is really simple and it turned out pretty.

These are the steps:

1. Face Primer
2. Foundation
3. Concealer
4. Powder
5. ABH Modern Renaissance Palette, Warm Taupe, crease
6. Burnt Orange, crease
7. Warm Taupe, lower lash line
8. Burnt Orange, lower lash line
9. Mascara
10. Bronzer
11. Neutral Blush, outer part of cheek above where bronzer was put. I used Tarte Paaarty Blush
12. Bright Pink Blush, apple of cheeks and blend up into the other color. I used from Too Faced Everything Nice Palette, the pink blush
13. Benefit's Watt's Up Highlight, also under brows
14. The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, under brow, tearducts
15. She wore a MLBB lip. (My lips but better). I wore Maybelline Lipstick in Touch of Spice.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Easy and Pretty Winter Makeup Look

I found this easy and pretty winter makeup look I wanted to share with you guys. I found this video on Youtube that I liked and I felt like I could recreate it using the makeup that I had.

This is the video I was copying the look from.

Here is my video of me recreating this look:

These were the steps I took to create this really easy look.

1. face primer
2. foundation
3. concealer
4. powder
5. bronzer
6. highlighter
7. setting spray
8. eye primer
9. Lorac Pro Palette in Sable, a dark matte brown. I put this in my crease and outer 2/3 of the lower lash line.
10. Lorac Pro Palette in White, a matte white color to highlight under my brows
11. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eye Liner in Nude. I put this on my waterline and tear ducts.
12. Shimmery white cream in my tear ducts. I used a Maybelline Color Tattoo in the color Waves of White. This is old and not available anymore, but you can use any white shimmery cream shadow.
13. mascara
14. red lip liner
15. red matte liquid lipstick. I used Santa Sangre by Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Monday, January 1, 2018

My Beauty Favorites of 2017 Part 2

I figured out how to work my phone, so I am back with more favorites. I am going to share with you my favorite eye shadow palettes, mascara, liners, lipsticks, lip liners, and lip gloss.

Wet 'n Wild Vanity: This has been my favorite palette for 2012, 2013, and 2014. I didn't do a favorites for 2015 or '16. The left column is mattes and the right is shimmers. This was limited edition. I don't know why they didn't make this permanent. It is really good. It has the basic shadows you could want for a drugstore price.

2. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette: I like these warm colors. You will see I like a lot of the same kinds of palettes like basic, neutral palettes.

3. Too Faced Semi-Sweet Palette: Again for the same reason why I liked the Chocolate Bar Palette I like this one too. I love the Peanut Butter shadow. It is the middle row, 2nd one from the end.

4. Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette: This one also has some warm browns, but it also has oranges. I got this palette for my birthday in 2017. So this is the only palette I am mentioning that was new for me in 2017.

5. Lorac Pro Palette: The top row is mattes and the bottom row is shimmers. This is my go-to palette. When I don't have a particular look I am doing I will put Taupe in the crease, top row, 3rd color. And I will put either Nude or Champagne on my lid which is bottom row, the first and second colors. This was my favorite palette also in 2014. I think I got it in 2014. 

6. Anastasia of Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: This palette set a trend I think for eye shadow palettes to follow it. It was different because of the reds it has. I also like the browns and orange. There are some really pretty pearl shades too, like the third shadows in both the top and bottom rows.

7. The Balm Nude'tude Palette: This was also on my favorite lists of 2014 and 2013. It has a mixture of mattes and shimmers. Another palette with basic neutrals.

8. This is my favorite mascara, L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise. I get the waterproof kind. Then under that is NYX Matte Liquid Liner. I like this for my black liner. Under that is Physicians Formula Brown Liquid Liner.

9. These are my favorite lip liners. From left to right: Maybelline Raisin, Jordana Baby Berry, Jordana Rock 'n' Rose, and Jordana Tawny.

10. These are my favorite lipsticks or rather they are lip butters by Revlon. The left one is Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle and the right one is Sugar Plum. I don't think they make these any more, but they are my favorite. I like the way they feel on my lips. Even though liquid lipsticks are more on trend, I like the way the lip butters feel. They don't last for very long.